Down House bird survey today , but on the way , a quick stop on the Common at the Ash tree , revealed 5 Purple Hairstreaks , all up high and some already moving off into surrounding Oaks . A freshly emerged female Marbled White did show off well the golden leading edge to her forewing . The survey at Down House was done in very warm , humid conditions , and it wasn't a surprise that only 15 species were recorded . The best of the bunch was this Yellowhammer which wouldn't let me get any closer . Once again , it was butterflies that filled the gap , 12 species being recorded during the visit . But it was a Silver Y moth that was first to the camera , usually a very timid soul , diving into vegetation at any opportunity , this one forgot about all that and posed on the flowers of Sage in the walled garden . As soon as I got into the large meadow , I started recording Small Coppers , all looking very fresh , and all 8 probable males as they were already scrapping amongst themselves . Not so many Skippers as at other sites , just 4 recorded , but I thought these two Small specimens , male below , were going to get it together , but they didn't . On the lsat survey , I recorded a pristine Dark Green Fritillary , and today I recorded one too , possibly the same specimen , but definitely not so pristine now . The big numbers of course were Meadow Brown (163) and Ringlet (61) , but Marbled Whites were disapointing , with just 13 being recorded . It could well do with the meadows being cut far too early in my opinion last year . On the way around , three Violet Helleborines were found in the Sandwalk Wood , one a very robust plant , and a few flowers of interest found were ,Marjoram/Origanum vulgare , another Labiate , is just flowering ,Feverfew/Tanacetum parthenium , a member of the Daisy family ,Corn Marigold/Chrysanthemum segetum , another Daisy and a shot of a single flower of Wild Basil/Clinopodium vulgare , another Labiate .
And finally , one for the detectives . I found this pair getting it together in the large meadow .